Syllabus: Good Grief: Humor and Tragedy in Twentieth-Century U.S. Literature

The German critic Bertholt Brecht wrote that “One may say that tragedy deals with the sufferings of mankind in a less serious way than comedy.” In this class, we will test this thesis by exploring the use of humor to tell stories of personal or social trauma in modern U.S. literature. We will also see … Continue reading Syllabus: Good Grief: Humor and Tragedy in Twentieth-Century U.S. Literature